I'm starting a daily drawing practice, where I draw for 10-15 minutes each morning after my dog walk. Here is one that took a few days of small increments that became a birthday card for a loved one. I've become a little rusty in my hiatus from drawing Squishy Blueberry, while focusing on my comic strip, but I'll get back and even better. Stay tuned for more!
By Fredley B. Freebowitzen
Chapter 1: The beginning and the End
It all started out with an Eggbert and a Feebert, neither of whom realized they were the only two things that existed in the entire emptiness of nothing.
They were in fact sitting right next to each other, but neither knew the other existed because neither had any ears to hear, eyes to see, nor feelers to touch anything outside of themselves.
What’s even more strange is that they weren’t even conscious of their own existences. Eggbert was not conscious it was an Eggbert and that it existed. Nor was Feebert conscious that it was a Feebert and that it existed. So the whole concept of something existing outside of themselves wouldn’t have made sense anyways.
Millions of billions of years passed with Eggbert and Feebert sitting side by side in the vast emptiness where nothing else existed - except of course the space between them. And because they didn't know they existed, neither of them wondered where they came from. And because neither was aware the other existed, they never wondered about the other.
This is how the story begins.
This is also how - for nine bazillion years - the story ends.
Until, after nine bazillion years and one day
Chapter 2: The Middle
It's hard to described exactly what happened - or how or why - on that nine bazillionth year and one'th day. As you can imagine, nothing becoming something is quite a miraculous feat. And nothing becoming something after nine bazillion years - well, it's almost unimaginable.
It was abrupt like a flash of light, yet subtle like a ripple in a pond. It was earth shattering, yet flowing. It was against all odds, yet inevitable. It kind of sounded like: "shhhhhhhhhwooooopowowowowowowdingphooooooeyshhhhhh."
And then, everything was the same again. Except it wasn't. Eggbert suddenly was aware of Feebert. And Feebert was aware of Eggbert. It was a kind of knowing - not from seeing or hearing or touching - but just sensing a presence nearby. And interestingly it was only after they were aware of the other that they became aware of themselves. And what a realization that was!!
Or was it? Neither Eggbert nor Feebert was the slightest bit shocked or surprised when they became aware of their own existences. Because they couldn't remember not existing, it was as if they always had.
And all of this - the abrupt flashing earth-shattering flowing ripple of light, the "shhhhhhwoooopowowowowdingphoooooeyshhhh," the sense of the other, and the realization of themselves - all of this happened in the space of a single moment, the smallest increment of time imaginable.
Chapter 3: The Beginning Again
As with all adventures and stories, the end is just a new beginning.
To Be Continued….
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"Introducing a collection of whimsical rhymes
Think about it though. What if SOMEONE ELSE did the above things to you- for 30 years no less!? Wouldn't you be angry? I would enraged!!! I'd want them to go to prison for life. But it's not "someone else". It's me, I mean Ned - Ned did this to me, which is even worse! How dare I not care for myself, love myself and make the best of this ONE LIFE!!
You Triumph over Ted by not listening to it
(i.e. Our power is in the absence of thoughts)
I believe our power is in quieting the thoughts as best as we possibly can.
Our power is in feeling to our core that the critical/mean thoughts in our head are lies.
Our power is in FEELING the truth which is always GOOD so strongly that Ned's big fat lies cannot penetrate.
It sounds so cliche but it's true: The power is in the heart
Think about. When have you been the happiest? I'll bet that most of your happiest memories are when you were part of a group working towards something greater than yourself, where you weren't worried about being "good enough" because you simply FELT good already. You didn't have to *think* about it at all. You were just being, being a part of something good, connected, loved.
Unfortunately - for many of us - these experiences came and went without us learning how to recreate them. They were probably a culmination of a bunch of forces and people coming together, or the result of coming across a strong unifying teacher/leader who we were blessed to have as a guide at some point. For me, many of these memories are when I was younger and had not built up as many fears and ways of self sabotaging.
The only way to recreate these experiences of unity and team work is to quiet the mind. Yes, another over-used phrased. But I can't think of another solution. Doing and keeping busy can be a tool to achieve a quieter mind, but it is not the end all be all. In fact, I know that if my mind was quieter I'd get stuck less and follow my heart and do even more!
It's really a battle of love vs. fear
The other day I felt determined to wage an all out holy war against Ned. Anything other than a loving thought towards myself is an act of violence and I will retaliate back! But then I realized, wait, you can't fight fear with fear....so...the war is not really a violent war at all. To fight the violence you have to choose love. Love and fear cannot co-exist. Fill it up with love, and Ned with disappear.
Have you ever been followed by the moon
Cried out in the night like a loon
Or sung a ridiculous tune
While feeling a bit like a goon
How 'bout sailing on a lagoon
and rowing the boat with a spoon
while talking to a dancing baboon
On a midsummer night in June
Imagine you're in a cartoon
Travelling inside a balloon
on a trip with a wild raccoon
to conquer the evil buffoon
I found destiny inside of a rune
engraved in a golden sand dune
Saw beauty that made me swoon
Sorry it ended so soon
For the Inner Child
in all of us,
focusing on things we learn in Kindergarten
and often forget in our day to day lives as we grow up.
Our intention is to be a reminder of what's important for living meaningful lives that reflect our hearts' desires and dreams.